Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Parish Newsletter
July 14, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from CTK's Finance Chairman
Red Cross to lease space from CTK

In 2019 we completed the new Ministry Center and were able to consolidate the Youth Ministry and Religious Education offices to bring together all CTK staff into one building.  Along with better communication and the ability to share resources, this consolidation freed up the old Youth ministry space to provide St. Vincent De Paul with larger and dedicated office space to provide their services.  It also freed up the old Religious Education (RE) office at the north end of the parish hall.  

The RE office has been left vacant and used as an ad hoc storage area for the past year and a half, in part due to Covid restrictions.  Now that we are starting to open again, we have found a compatible tenant for this space, the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is a group that routinely makes a difference in lives and aligns with our mission statement to “Hear the Gospel and make a difference”.

While the Red Cross has different lines of service, it is only their disaster services group that will be working here.  This group is looking to relocate to space that is more central to Contra Costa County.  The Red Cross will be paying a small amount for rent and utilities to CTK to help offset their costs.  From a facility standpoint other than clean up, the old RE office space meets the Red Cross needs.  We expect that the Red Cross will occupy the space later this summer. 

Most of the people working out of this office will be Red Cross Volunteers. Before the Red Cross accepts a volunteer, they mandate a background check and volunteers must sign a code of conduct.  Most Red Cross programs and services are performed out in the community and not at the office.  Much of what the Red Cross does now has become virtual and will continue to be virtual. Users of this space will include:

· The Administrative workforce group (2 to 3 people) will work at the office several hours a week.  Among other tasks they will be interviewing new volunteers after they have signed up online and have completed a background check. 
· The local response management team (up to 7 people) will work at the office if there is a large local disaster (such as an apartment building fire or wildfire).
· Small gatherings of volunteers for program planning purposes.
· The Disaster Action Team (DAT) will come to the office occasionally.
· The Disaster Program Manager (DPM) will work from the office at certain times.
Since the Red Cross responds to disasters at all hours of the day or night, the space may be used at any hour of the day.  Disaster supplies and three vehicles are stored at a separate location at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s training facility. One Red Cross vehicle may be located at CTK for the Disaster Action Team. Also, nearby is the Red Cross Blood Donation Center, which is a separate line of business, but still part of Red Cross, which makes CTK a convenient location for Red Cross services.

While the Red Cross will not be holding public classes here, they have offered CTK any of their services, such as personal preparedness training, youth preparedness programs, home fire prevention (Installation of free smoke alarms), disaster continuity planning, to name a few.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office via phone (925) 682-2486 or email at office@ctkph.org.

Greg Thornbury
                           
To learn more information about The Red Cross click here
The Feast of Mary Magdalene
Celebrating The Feast of
St. Mary Magdalene
Today’s Resurrection:
Picking Up the Pieces”

You are invited to celebrate this feast with us at CTK
Thursday, July 22
9:00 am Mass
Molleen Dupree-Dominguez, (Reflection)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic?
Or do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

Are you a baptized Catholic who never celebrated the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

We have a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to accompany you on this faith journey!
For more information click here.
Faith Formation News
High School Youth Group and
Confirmation Registration
Grades 1-8 - Pre-Register for Classes
Religious Education is looking for Teachers!

The most important task facing parents is passing on the faith to their children. Christ the King Religious Education is your ally and partner in achieving this goal. We are looking forward to resuming in person classes for children in grades 1 through 8, along with high school youth group and confirmation, starting in September. We are also in need of catechists for all grade levels. Read More
Weekly Church Bulletin
(Click Image)
Over the Weekend
Parents: Divine & Allan
Baby: Andrei Manuel
Congratulations on your baptism!
Welcome to Christ the King and St. Stephen Family.
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

The apostles returned from their mission exhausted but “on a high” and raring to go again. Jesus knew better. They needed to rest and review their experiences. Jesus helped them reflect upon what they’d seen and done. Read More
Formed Pick of the Week
To set up your free account - visit formed.org/signup and select our parish
(Christ the King/St. Stephen)
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, otherwise known as the "Lily of the Mohawks," became our first Native American Saint after her canonization in 2012. As we celebrate St. Kateri's feast day today, enjoy this short audio book about St. Kateri on formed.org
Mass Schedule
All Masses are Inside the Church

Weekday Masses
9am Mass - Monday - Friday
(9am Masses will be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays (Rosary begins at 5:40pm)
(6pm Mass will be livestreamed)

Weekend Masses
Saturday
9am and 4pm
(Saturday 4pm Mass will be livestreamed)

Sunday
7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm
(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).
Song Sheet for Mass - July 17/18 Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at ctkph.org
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube images below
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
Drive-Thru
Holy Communion

Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Private Confessions will continue every Saturday from
3pm to 3:30pm

Please meet inside the church.
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Rosary begins at 5:40pm
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Monday through Friday
St. Stephen Church - Masses
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm - Indoors/Church
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Indoors/Church
Worship Aide: Here

Masses at St. Stephen are now being live-streamed on the St. Stephen Facebook page. If you are unable to attend with us in person, please join us through Facebook. A link is on our web site: saintstephenparish.org.
Only the 9:30am mass will be live-streamed.
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
On-Line Giving: (click button below)
We depend upon your contributions!
Offertory Envelopes and
Paper Checks
Can be sent directly to:
Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Offertory Envelopes and
Paper Checks
Can be sent directly to:
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. She is the patron saint of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"